Northwood NH News

January 21, 2009


Gabriele S. Chase, daughter of Johanna and Tom Chase of Northwood, has just completed her first semester at the College of Veterinary Medicine of Cornell University and has received a Letter of Commendation for her “outstanding academic achievement” from the Office of the Dean.

Gabriele is a 2008 graduate of Smith College in Northampton, MA, and was the valedictorian of her 2004 Coe-Brown Academy class.


Northwood Area
Landowner Collaborative Receives $20,000 Grant

The Northwood Area Land Management Collaborative (NALMC) is pleased to announce a $20,000 grant from the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation to support an ecological assessment and landowner outreach. The grant comes from the Otto Fund, a philanthropic partnership of the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation.

NALMC is a unique partnership of public and private landowners in Northwood. The group is working together across property boundaries to maintain and enhance ecological, social, recreational, and economic resources of the local landscape. The NALMC neighborhood currently encompasses nearly 3,000 acres and includes Harmony Hill Farm, the New Hampshire Fish and Game Department, the New Hampshire Department of Resources and Economic Development, the Town of Northwood, Coe Brown Academy, the University of New Hampshire Woodlands and Natural Areas Program, and several private landowners.

Carl Wallman, one of the private landowners and current Chairman of NALMC, said “We are excited about creating a model of collaborative stewardship - helping abutting landowners work together on common objectives. We call it “Working Together Across Our Stone Walls”. The New Hampshire Charitable Foundation grant will help us achieve what none of us could achieve alone.”

The ecological assessment, funded by the New Hampshire Charitable Foundation, will describe and map the soils, wildlife habitats, plant communities, wetlands, trails, conserved lands, and other natural resources. This assessment will be shared with landowners in the NALMC neighborhood, providing a common understanding of the important natural resource values of the area. The headwaters of the Lamprey River, Saddleback Mountain, Betty Meadows, and trees hundreds of years old are just a few of the special features of this area.

Peter Lamb, Senior Philanthropic Advisor for the NH Charitable Foundation praised the collaborative. “NALMC is pursuing cutting edge ecosystem based land stewardship work,” said Lamb. “We are pleased to be a partner in this effort.”

Last year NALMC celebrated the opening of a new five-mile hiking trail that begins at Northwood Meadows State Park and continues across the privately owned Harmony Hill Farm, before returning to the State Park. This trail was one of the first collaborative projects initiated by NALMC.  The collaborative is also discussing ways to work together on forestry and wildlife habitat management.

Serving as the fiscal agent for NALMC, Bear-Paw Regional Greenways is enthusiastic about this partnership. “The ecological assessment and landowner outreach will illustrate the interconnectedness within the NALMC neighborhood and the benefits of working together to conserve our woodlands, waters, and wildlife,” said Dan Kern, Executive Director of Bear-Paw, a regional land trust.



Foundation For Christmas (part 3)

By Pastor Ted White
Christmas, Jesus came into this world to save sinners as stated in Matthew1:21. The law, the 10 commandments, were given to bring us to Jesus (Galatians 3:24). They show us we are guilty sinners before a perfect and holy God and that we are headed for judgment (Romans 3:19-21).

Now, the first 5 books of the Bible are also referred to as the law and remember the law points us to Jesus. Let’s go back to the law to look at the foundation truths God put in place to lead us to Himself.

In Genesis chapter 3 we read about Adam and Eve. They ate the fruit of the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil that God told them not to eat from. They were now guilty sinners before God, having disobeyed Him. They knew they were naked and clothed themselves with fig leaves. This knowledge gave evidence of their guilt. The fig leaf covering is the work of their own hands as they tried to make right what they knew was wrong. They had disobeyed. This work of their own hands is the first time we see man’s religious system, doing things his own way to try to make himself right before God.

But, when God confronted them, they confessed to what they had done (though they tried to shift the blame). God clothed them with animal skins. Where did God get the skins? He sacrificed an animal (a substitute) in Adam and Eve’s place so they would be clothed according to God’s plan. Adam and Eve had to come to God God’s way and not their own. This is the first teaching of the substitute which is a major theme of the Old Testament and points us to Jesus.

The substitute animal also shows the seriousness of sin. Blood was shed because of Adam and Eve’s sin. At Christmas, the Perfect and Final Substitute was born so that we could be forgiven. Jesus would willingly go as “a sheep to be slaughtered” for us. He came to be our substitute and if we trust His finished work at the cross, we will be saved… forever! Trust Him today!












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